Synergy Credit Union is assisting both Lloydminster school divisions after the challenges faced due to COVID-19 expenses.
International Credit Union Day on Thursday, the company announced a total of $41,700 going towards the public schools and $29,450 to catholic schools, which will be used towards improving student’s health and wellness.
The presentation inside the Synergy Vault outside of Holy Rosary High School saw Synergy Credit Union Branch Manager Gord Thiel present a cheque to LPSD Director of Education Todd Robinson and LCSD Director of Education Nigel Mccarthy.
The money will be used towards specific needs for each school within the divisions receiving funds.
Robinson said student and staff wellness has been a focal point of the division for the last six years.
“These funds will go a long way to allowing us to do some things that we might not otherwise have been able to do. We’re meeting with our administrators next week to talk about where this fits in the local context.”
Robinson mentioned the funds will help ensure that kids have access to activities promoting mental and physical health.
Mccarthy said the partnership with Synergy began with the building of the vault and has morphed into supports for scholarships and other initatives.
“The vault really is a community facility. And it was supported by synergy at the very beginning in the design phase. But really, what it enables us to do is to space our kids appropriately to offer more physical education and to offer more opportunities to teams to practice in a safe and comfortable way.”
Robinson thanked the organization for the generosity noting it as an example of the great partnerships that we have in the community.
“Donations like this go a long way to making a big difference in the experiences of our kids in our schools, and just couldn’t be more thankful.”
Synergy Credit Union Branch Manager Gord Thiel said the committee looked at the needs within the community. The return to school seemed like a place to start.
“We decided very quickly that we wanted to leave those decisions in the hands of the actual schools.”
In order to decided which community aspects need help, the organization looks at several community pillars such as education and health care.
Yesterday, Synergy also presented cheques to the Lloydminster Friendship Centre for a new van, and the Rescue Squad for new equipment.
Synergy is announcing it will be assisting the schools in the communities it serves with a $100,000 donation that will be distributed to more than 30 schools across west-central Saskatchewan
The funds come from the company’s Share Program, which announced $10,000 to the STARS Foundation.
LCSD schools receving the funding: